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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,241 - $16,914
Original MSRP: $27,845 - $35,185
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Toyota Avalon Performance

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The 2009 Toyota Avalon gets enough power from its V6 engine to handle most situations, and while its handling isn't sport-sedan crisp, it's nimble for a large car.

  • "Not surprisingly, the 2009 Toyota Avalon is at its best on the open highway." -- Edmunds
  • "Plush feel, as expected from a large car such as this, though there's too much float over dips and crests for some tastes. Avalon nicely smothers small bumps, ruts, and expansion joints." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

The 2009 Toyota Avalon is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, making 268 horsepower. It comes only with a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually. The combination is good for an EPA estimated 19 mpg city/28 highway - one of the most impressive numbers available in a large sedan. It's also good for above average acceleration, though the Avalon has no muscle car pretensions.

  • "The Avalon is superior under the hood as well." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabin remains quiet, the ultra-smooth V6 engine has plenty of passing power and the suspension swallows up road imperfections without drama." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

For 2009, Toyota has dropped the Touring edition of the Avalon, which featured a sportier suspension than other models. The car we're left with is no great performance car, but handles well enough on winding roads to meet the needs of most drivers. Despite the car's huge size, it has a tight turning radius reviewers like. 

  • "Fairly supple and quiet ride." -- Forbes
  • "The Avalon is no athlete, but this full-size Toyota carries itself with reasonable composure on winding roads. The steering is too light to feel sporty, but it responds to driver input in a precise, fluid manner. Additionally, a tidy turning circle makes the Avalon feel unexpectedly nimble on tight city streets." -- Edmunds
  • "Strong brakes are easy to modulate, but simulated panic stops induced marked nosedive." -- Consumer Guide

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